Overconfidence on the Job Leads to Complacency
Are you a little too confident in your work?
Are You Too Confident?
It’s always good to feel confident in your ability to perform your job effectively. However, please remember that there is such a thing as overconfidence. You should never let your ego get the best of you.
Do you think that it’s a good idea to run with scissors? Do you think it’s a good idea to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, even though the law requires one? Of course not! You would be setting yourself up for failure. The same can be said about how you approach your job on a construction site. No matter how long you’ve been working in your role without injury, it’s important to be mindful of possible hazards associated with your tasks so you can protect yourself. There’s nothing wrong with representing your company with a little bit of pride. However, as we all know, pride comes before the fall. Don’t let overconfidence lead you to believe that you can work at an unsafe speed or lift something too heavy for no reason other than showing off.
Be sure to remember the safety basics and adhere to safe work practices and procedures which have been developed to protect you. Please don’t become complacent and develop a false sense of security while at work. This can lead to improper assessment of hazards, and you could unintentionally put yourself at risk.
Remember, overconfidence could prevent you from noticing the warning signs of an oncoming hazard. This can result in injury or even death. Remain alert and focused on completing your work safely. Don’t take shortcuts and wear your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – every time.
Stay safe, everyone!